The future of manufacturing is digital. We explore the technologies that are transforming fabrication, from advanced 3D printing to AI-assisted design, and get to know the leaders who are bringing them to the factory floor. The Digital Factory is hosted by Jon Bruner and presented by Formlabs.
Fireside Chat: FedEx's CIO on the future of the digital supply chain
Rob Carter has served as FedEx's Chief Information Officer for nearly 20 years, developing the company's information infrastructure and implementing new cutting-edge technologies. In this fireside chat with Jeff Immelt recorded at the Digital Factory Conference in 2019, Carter discusses the role of technology at FedEx, how FedEx learns about and evaluates new technologies, and how it puts innovation at the center of its business.
Visit https://www.thedigitalfactory.com/videos/the-digital-supply-chain to watch the video version of this fireside chat, and to watch other videos from the Digital Factory Conference.
Episode 25: Sustainability as a business model
Corporate sustainability has its roots in risk management and health and safety management—sort of a conservative, back-office function. Now it’s a competitive differentiator.
In this episode of the Digital Factory Podcast, Jon Bruner talks with Zoé Bezpalko, sustainability strategy manager at Autodesk, about how manufacturers can use new technologies to make products sustainably—and to reach customers, potential employees, and partners who demand sustainability.
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Episode 24: The environmental impact of 3D printing is not what you'd expect
How sustainable is 3D printing? Ask most experts and you’ll get some hand-waving: it creates less waste than machining and reduces transportation energy, but many materials aren’t recyclable. All of those factors turn out to be overstated when they’re subjected to careful study.
In this episode of the Digital Factory Podcast, Jon Bruner talks with Jeremy Faludi, an assistant professor of sustainable design at TU Delft, about the measurable environmental impact of 3D printing. His conclusions are nuanced and sometimes surprising.
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Episode 23: Terry Wohlers on 3D printing at scale
Terry Wohlers, President of Wohlers Associates and author of the authoritative Wohlers Report on 3D printing, joins the podcast to talk about 3D printing at scale, the importance of design for additive, the emergence of metal 3D printing, and the inflection points he’s watching for.
Videos of every presentation at the Digital Factory Conference are now available at https://www.thedigitalfactory.com/videos, and Wohlers is featured on this panel: https://www.thedigitalfactory.com/videos/scaling-additive-manufacturing-from-prototype-to-production
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Episode 22: Networked, Decentralized, AI-driven manufacturing with Bram de Zwart
3D Hubs reoriented its business last fall, away from hobbyists and toward the professional market. Now it’s planning to invest heavily in AI-driven automation. In this episode: 3D Hubs CEO Bram de Zwart. His co-founder, Brian Garret, is speaking at the Digital Factory Conference on May 7; visit https://www.thedigitalfactory.com to see the program and register.
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Episode 21: Inside the world's largest 3D printing operation
The 3D printers at Align Technology turn out half a million parts every day—an exceptional scale that makes the company the largest user of 3D printing in the world. In this episode: Emory Wright, Align's Senior Vice President for Global Operations. Align's CEO, Joe Hogan, is speaking at the Digital Factory Conference on May 7; visit https://www.thedigitalfactory.com to see the program and register.
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